Kathleen Duncan; AIM Peñasco / Steps of Love Liaison
Kathleen attended University of Arizona while she worked at the ‘Casa de los Ninos’ Crisis Nursery for abused and neglected children and also met her husband Arnott who is a 4th generation Arizona farmer. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Kathleen followed Arnott to Goodyear, AZ where she attended graduate school at Arizona State University while also working as a Family Support Services Coordinator for the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities.
In 1986, Kathleen married Arnott, received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, and accepted a position with the Division of Developmental Disabilities coordinating Early Intervention Services for young children with special needs. Kathleen and Arnott have two sons, Kell and Sean who were born in 1988 and 1990. In 1992, she left her position with DDD to establish educational and outreach programs on her family’s farm. Through a 25 year partnership between Duncan Family Farms and the Association of Arizona Food Banks, they have shown their commitment to helping to feed hungry families in Arizona and they donate well over one million pounds of produce to Arizona food banks each year. The Duncans and their employees also volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and host an Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor. In the summer of 2012, Kathleen decided she wanted to find a way to give back to the community of Rocky Point, Mexico where her family have been vacationing for 25 years. In September of 2012, she discovered the newly opened Amores de Peñasco Children’s Crisis Shelter and has been traveling from her home in Buckeye, AZ to spend 2-3 days per week volunteering in that shelter. In 2016 she founded AIM Peñasco as a way to extend her support beyond the orphanage and to the community in general.